April 19, 2017 12:25 PM | Thomas Faust
This week, our trailer roundup features atmospheric games, weird games, and weird atmospheric games. Meet the loneliest taxi driver, a nameless dreamer, and a cop with the pulpiest videogamey name ever, Karl Carbon.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch | $19.99 | Available now (Steam launch in June)
This faithful re-imagining of the seminal 1989 Sega Master System title, developed by a tiny French studio, allows your hero (or heroine!) to body-hop their way across multiple worlds, braving all sorts of danger. One particularly neat feature is being able to switch between the new graphics and the old 8-bit sprites at will.
Windows, OSX | $TBA | 2017
From developer IMake-Games: "Lightning-fast and action-packed, Rifter is the love child of Dust Force, Bionic Commando and Hotline Miami, mixed with acrobatics and parcour. Run and gun and swing and dash in this glorious, neon-colored platformer."
From developer Mosgrom: "Earn your living through what is perhaps the second oldest profession in the Galaxy: Taxi driver. Often full off loneliness, frustration and apprehension but sometimes wondrous and astounding, discover the galaxy as a Taxinaut."
Systems TBA | $TBA | Release TBA
From developer Celery Emblem: "An 8-bit episodic and bizarre graphic adventure that you will never forget! Help the FBI agent Watracio Walpurgis to scape from the spooky town of Flamingo's Creek. A combination between Monkey Island, Zelda Link's Awakening DX, and Twin Peaks."
Windows, OSX, Linux | $9.99 | Available now
From developer Hunchback Studio: "Gloom is a very challenging roguelike action adventure with a distinctive, monochrome art style. It takes place in the Common Dream, where a nameless dreamer strives to reach the Abyss and rediscover his past."
The Franz Kafka Videogame
Windows | $9.99 | Available now
From Denis Galanin, the developer who also brought you that one game about Hamlet (the one with the incredibly long title and no microtransactions), comes a new adventure inspired by literature. The Franz Kafka Videogame explores the atmosphere of absurdity from Kafka's novels and throws in some postmodern ideas.
Windows, OSX + Consoles TBA | $TBA | 2017
From developer Domino Digital: "Combining myth, fantasy and sci-fi, Peregrin's story is a moving take on the struggle to overcome both personal and collective loss. Use your arcane powers to take temporary control of the creatures you encounter and turn the unique abilities of each creature to your advantage in solving puzzles and surviving battles"
Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion
Windows | $TBA | May 17, 2017
From developer Rice Cooker Republic: "Open your eyes as the messenger of a dark world and go on a journey to awaken its lover, the neighboring light world. Find and solve puzzles to transform the landscape of the light planet into a place of color and shape, and bring the two worlds together."
Neofeud is a dystopic Cyberpunk adventure game in the vein of Blade Runner, Beneath a Steel Sky, Technobabylon, and other point-n-clicks, but with an overlay of Game of Thrones-like political intrigue. It also has you playing as a cop called Karl Carbon, so there's that.
Not happy with any of these trailers? Bah, go on and make your own game, then. You could use Super Icon's Platform Maker, which looks like a neat way of creating and sharing stuff. I just love how you can switch between several graphical styles on the fly.